An attempt to block publication of a book by Donald Trump’s niece has been dismissed by a court in New York.
Ted Boutros, an attorney for Mary Trump, tweeted that a court in Queens dismissed a lawsuit brought by the president’s brother, Robert Trump.
“The court has promptly and correctly held that it lacks jurisdiction to grant the Trump family’s baseless request to suppress a book of utmost public importance and concern,” Boutros said.
“We hope this decision will end the matter. Democracy thrives on the free exchange of ideas, and neither this court nor any other has authority to violate the constitution by imposing a prior restraint on core political speech.”
There seems little doubt it will not end the matter.
Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L Trump is due out on 28 July. According to publisher Simon & Schuster, also behind John Bolton’s tell-all which a federal judge declined to block last week, the trained clinical psychologist will “shine a bright light on the dark history of their family” and offer a “revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J Trump and the toxic family that made him”.
The publisher also promises “a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships, and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse” that explain the inner workings of “one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families”.
Mary Trump has expressed opposition to her uncle on Twitter and was reportedly a key source for the New York Times’ Pulitzer-winning reporting on the Trump family’s tax affairs. But almost 20 years ago, she signed a non-disclosure agreement concerning litigation over a family will.
In an interview with the news site Axios last week, President Trump said: “She’s not allowed to write a book. You know, when we settled with her and her brother, who I do have a good relationship with – she’s got a brother, Fred, who I do have a good relationship with, but when we settled, she has a total … signed a nondisclosure.”
On Thursday Mary Trump’s brother told the Daily Mail he believed the NDA meant his sister should not be allowed to publish.
In a statement which the Mail said was provided by Eric Trump, the president’s second son, Fred Trump III said: “At the time that our lawsuit with the family was resolved, Mary and I had each received a generous financial settlement from the family and were more than willing to agree to execute non-disclosure provisions.
“In my opinion, those provisions of the 2001 settlement agreement are still in effect and binding today and I have continued to honor them.”
It was also reported that the president’s younger brother, Robert Trump, spent 10 days in intensive care before filing his suit to stop his niece.
In a statement to the New York Times after he left hospital the 72-year-old said: “Her attempt to sensationalize and mischaracterize our family relationship after all of these years for her own financial gain is both a travesty and injustice to the memory of my late brother, Fred, and our beloved parents. I and the rest of my entire family are so proud of my wonderful brother, the president, and feel that Mary’s actions are truly a disgrace.”